The calming tunes of Silent Night, a Christmas carol sung by a choir from the Holy Trinity Church of Powai, attracted a large crowd on a busy road in the Hiranandani Complex on Monday evening.
With Christmas drawing closer, some choirs are lining up on roads to spread joy. The Holy Trinity Church choir did it with a twist. They sang their favorite carols while holding solar powered lamps.
“This Christmas, we want to motivate more people to move to solar lights and celebrate an environment-friendly festive season,” said Elsie Gabriel, founder of the Young Environmentalists Programme Trust that organised the program and provided the lamps.
Given the bustle of city life, choirs singing Christmas carols on streets and outside houses are becoming rare. Save for events organised by the Young Environmentalists and residents of St Anthony’s Road in Bandra, carol singing is largely limited to the midnight mass on Christmas Eve. For Ramon Ibrahim, 43, being a part of the Christmas celebrations at Carols 2010 on St Anthony Road, Bandra on Saturday brought nostalgia of the many Christmases he spent in London while growing up.
Ibrahim was one of the many musicians who participated in carol singing at the annual street Christmas party celebrated by Bandra residents on the road, to keep the spirit of Christmas alive. “I was really missing the Christmas atmosphere of London where carols are sung on street corners and being a part of Carols 2010 made me feel at home,” said Ibrahim, who moved to the city in August.
The tradition of Carols started ten Christmases ago, when the St Anthony road was shut for repairs and residents decided to make most of it by singing carols on the road one Saturday evening.
Since then, every year people of all ages and religions join hands on the last Saturday before Christmas and listen to amateurs and professionals sing melodious carols.